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Thanks To Anti-Vaxxers, Measles Has Made A Comeback

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just declared a measles outbreak, with a 300% increase in reported cases from exactly this time last year. Measles, an ultra-contagious viral illness which causes rash and fever, can be prevented and controlled by vaccination. Unfortunately, due to the anti-vaccination movement, preventable illness is making a rapid comeback.

WHO states measles is one of the world’s most infectious diseases: one infected person could spread it to 9 out of 10 unvaccinated people. The latest outbreak is extremely concerning for those with newborn children who wish to vaccinate in the near future, as there is a high risk they could catch the disease prior to getting the jab.

While most people are able to recover from measles, 1 out of 20 people are likely to have severe life-threatening consequences, especially those who are already immuno-compromised. If you still can’t understand how a simple vaccine could prevent the spread of measles, here’s a little video.

Being considerate of your own body and those around you, staying up to date with your vaccines and knowing the symptoms of measles will ultimately keep the disease at bay in your community. So please, if you haven’t been immunised already, please go and get it sorted out. This is about more than just your own health.

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